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Centralia Police lose officer to State Police 

Centralia Police lose officer to State Police 

Centralia Police have lost an officer to State Police. Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson told the city council Monday night Lucas Shilling has left the department to join State Police. Acting City Manager Bill Agee has given permission for a new officer to be hired to keep the authorized strength at 24.  But Dodson says,…Read more »

Jefferson County officials release name of fire fatality  

Jefferson County officials release name of fire fatality  

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department officials say a 59-year-old Mt. Vernon woman was killed in a Sunday night fire at the home she had been staying. Donna White was pronounced dead on the scene of the fire in the 14,000 block of Tolle Road on the northeast side of Mt. Vernon.   Jefferson County Fire Protection District…Read more »

Police Beat for Tuesday, February 25th, 2019

Police Beat for Tuesday, February 25th, 2019

A 30-year-old Salem man has been arrested on a probation violation.  Jerrod Middleton of Engel Road was taken into custody at the Marion County Probation office and taken to the county jail. 44-year-old John Breese of Gladys Lane in Centralia was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on a new felony warrant for violation of…Read more »

Recreational weed sales net $10M in tax revenue in 1st month

Recreational weed sales net $10M in tax revenue in 1st month

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Revenue is reporting the sale of recreational marijuana in Illinois generated $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue last month. In addition, the department says an additional $3.1 million was generated in retail sales tax revenue. Dispensaries across the state sold nearly $40 million in recreational pot last…Read more »

Sheriffs: Illinois halts transfer of some facing deportation

Sheriffs: Illinois halts transfer of some facing deportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Sheriffs Association says some violent felons who had faced deportation are instead being released into local communities after their prison terms end as a result of a policy change by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. The sheriffs said Tuesday they object to ending the Department of Corrections’ practice of allowing…Read more »

Illinois lawyers say former Governor Blagojevich should be disbarred

Illinois lawyers say former Governor Blagojevich should be disbarred

CHICAGO (AP) — Government attorneys say former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be stripped of his law license. Lawyers for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission urged a commission panel Tuesday to recommend that Blagojevich be disbarred because of all the corruption charges he was convicted of in 2011. Blagojevich didn’t attend the hearing,…Read more »

Bloomberg presidential campaign office vandalized in Chicago

Bloomberg presidential campaign office vandalized in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Police are investigating vandalism at an office for former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Chicago’s North Side. Chicago police report the terms “racist,” “sexist,” “GOP” and “oligarch” were spray-painted across four windows on the front of a building. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the vandalism was reported just after 1 a.m.…Read more »

Two now arrested for January home invasion in Salem 

Two now arrested for January home invasion in Salem 

Christy Johnston and Devon Gibbs.   Marion County Jail photos. Two people have now been arrested for a January 24th home invasion at a Salem residence.    25-year old  Devon Gibbs of North College in Salem was taken into custody on Sunday and 30-year-old Christy Johnston of North College Street in Salem was picked up Monday afternoon.…Read more »

Centralia Police release more details on arrest of Centralia woman on drug and theft charges  

Centralia Police release more details on arrest of Centralia woman on drug and theft charges  

A 21-year-old Centralia woman wanted on an outstanding drug delivery warrant has also been arrested on new drug and theft charges. Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson says Imani Kaufman was arrested during a Friday traffic stop.   She was originally arrested on the outstanding warrant charging unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.  She was allegedly found in possession…Read more »